The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a report, “Trouble with the Truth: Specialty Healthcare and the Spread of Micro-Unions,” criticizing the NLRB's 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision, which established a heightened standard for employers challenging narrow bargaining units. The report asserts that in the aftermath of the decision, there has been a rise in “micro-unions,” or overly-narrow bargaining units. The report also characterizes the ruling as an “extreme departure” from decades of precedent that has allowed the union to gain traction in businesses, even where a majority of workers do not support unionization.
IBT President James P. Hoffa was re-elected to the union’s top post, narrowly beating challenger Fred Zuckerman, leader of an IBT local in Kentucky. Zuckerman ran on a platform of union reform. Ken Hall, the current IBT Secretary-Treasurer who was on the slate with Hoffa, also won reelection. In addition, six regional vice presidential candidates, affiliated with Zuckerman’s slate, were elected to office. Only 15 percent of approximately 1.3 million Teamsters members voted in the election.